Tour Day 2022 featured over 30 tours across the country, many of them to sold out crowds. Docomomo US chapters, partners, and friend organizations embraced this year's theme of Shopping Malls, taking participants on tours of historic shopping centers both thriving and struggling, and hosting both virtual and in person lectures and book talks to explore the history and future of the classic American mall.
Aside from malls, tours also features iconic modern sites and crowd-pleasing favorites such as Pennsylvania's Raymond Farm and Nakashima Woodworkers Studio, the Schweikher House in Schaumburg, IL, and midcentury architecture in Lake Jackson, TX.
Thank you to everyone who joined us this year! Stay tuned for announcements of next year's event which will focus on the 2023 annual theme of "Revisiting Urban Renewal."
Hidden in Plain Sight: An Appreciation of Mid-Century Architecture in Downtown Lake Jackson
Houston Mod in collaboration with the Lake Jackson Historical Association presented a lecture and walking tour of mid-century architecture in downtown Lake Jackson. The tour began at the recently restored Alden B. Dow Office Museum where Houston Mod board member and architectural historian, Marty Merritt, gave a presentation on the history of mid-century modern architecture in Lake Jackson.
Following the presentation, Mr. Merritt led a walking tour through downtown further discussing the history and architecture of historic buildings constructed in the mid-twentieth century. The tour lasted approximately an hour and concluded at the Lake Jackson Historical Museum where guests were encouraged to take a self-guided tour.
The event, part of Docomomo US Tour Day, was attended by 45 people, about half from Houston and half from Lake Jackson.